Catering at Backwell School
All catering at Backwell School is provided by Aspens.
They specialise in providing catering for schools and are passionate about serving fresh, high quality and locally sourced food that is freshly cooked in our school kitchens daily. They use British, Red Tractor Farm Assured meat, fish from sustainable sources, free range eggs and locally sourced fruit and vegetables; fresh fruit and vegetables from A. David, fresh meat and dairy from Lye Cross Farm and our bakery items from Pullins Bakery. These are just a few of the local suppliers used to create menus and food on offer to all at Backwell.
Arrangements due the Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the school catering service is offering has had to be adjusted and the arrangements for purchasing and eating food are currently as follows:
- We will have two periods of social time/opportunities to purchase food a day. They will both last 30 minutes and each year group will be allocated a time to purchase food from the canteen if they so wish. Students will not be able to purchase food outside of their allotted time. This is to ensure that students from different year group bubbles do not mix.
The Grab and Go offering (sandwiches, salads, pots of pasta, jacket potatoes, street food wraps and meal pots etc.) will be available to purchase from the canteen.
We are unable to provide the opportunity to purchase food before school (Breakfast Club).
Students entitled to free school meals will be able to select Grab and Go items during their scheduled time in the canteen.
Students will not use their thumbprint to pay for items in the canteen. A PIN system will be used instead. Students will be reminded of their PIN at the start of term.
Students may bring packed lunches, snacks and drinks to school with them. Please note that items containing nuts should not be included in packed lunches.
Students should bring a full water bottle with them, and ideally enough to last the whole school day. Water fountains will be limited students should only use them if absolutely necessary.
Menus and Price Lists
Should you child have any questions about the food or specific dietary requirements they can speak to the canteen staff.
If you want to find out more about Aspens you can visit their website.
Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch into school if they do not want to use the catering services on offer. We would, however, request that when packing snacks or lunch boxes for your child(ren), you refrain from including nuts. Whilst we appreciate that they are a healthy and nutritious snack, we do have students who suffer from serious nut allergies and the presence of nuts in the environment can cause an allergic reaction. Obviously many products contain, or may contain nuts, these pose a much smaller risk to those with allergies ... so it is whole or pure nut products that we would ask you to avoid sending in with your child. Your cooperation in this matter is much appreciated.
As part of this we operate a cashless catering system, which provides us with an efficient, fast and ultimately better quality of service.
The cashless system operates using a biometric reader whereby an individual account is created for each student, using their thumb or finger as a means of identification. Please be assured that this information remains within the school and that the biometric information taken is an algorithm and not an actual finger print and is only compatible with the Cashless System. The advantage of this system means that there is no need for students to carry a card as the system recognises their thumb or finger at the tills and eliminates the need for students to bring cash to school.
Parents can add money on to their child's catering account using Parent Pay.
There is a default maximum spend for each child of £5.00 per day. Should you wish to increase or decrease this amount please contact our Finance Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, who can facilitate this for you.
Please note should your child not have sufficient funds on their catering account to make a purchase Aspens do not offer an overdraft facility. Should this situation arise your child will always be provided with something to eat at lunchtime that day. The cost of this will be taken out of their account once it has been topped up via Parent Pay.